Strengths, Challenges, and Relational Processes in Families of Children With Congenital Upper Limb Differences

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Christine E. Murray, Director (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Congenital upper limb differences are physical health conditions in which an individual is born with abnormalities of the upper limbs (i.e., arms, hands, and/or fingers). This article presents a qualitative study about the unique strengths, challenges, and relationship processes in families of children with congenital upper limb differences. Four in-depth focus groups were conducted with parents of children with congenital upper limb differences. Content analysis procedures were used to analyze the data. The results indicated the following: (a) The strengths and resources of these families included a belief in the human universality of differences, connections with similar families, reliance on a strong social support network, and humor; (b) the challenges the families faced included managing grief-related emotions, making medical decisions, and promoting the child‘s development; and (c) family relationships were affected through the parents‘ expression of emotion, opportunities for closeness, and relationships with other family members, such as extended family and siblings.

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Families, Systems, and Health, 20(3), 276-292.
Language: English
Date: 2007
congenital upper limb differences, families and health, chronic health conditions in children, family systems theory

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